For minor imperfections in your teeth that are spoiling your smile, see what our professionals at Thomas Family Dentistry can do to help. Cosmetic bonding could be just the thing to improve your smile as it is quick, long-lasting, and inexpensive.
Also known as dental bonding, or simply bonding, cracked, chipped, decayed, and even short teeth can be made to look perfect with this simple technique. It can also eliminate small gaps in between teeth too.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is when composite resin - a highly malleable material - is applied to the surface of the tooth. It is color-matched, shaped, or molded to provide a smooth, blemish-free surface that hides the tooth’s undesirable blemishes.
What Is the Bonding Procedure?
No advance preparation is required prior to the bonding procedure. The dentist will use a shade guide to select the appropriate resin colour that closely matches your own teeth.
The dentist applies a conditioning liquid and roughens the surface of the tooth which helps the material to bond to the tooth. The resin is applied to the tooth and moulded to the desired shape. Once satisfied with the shape, the dentist smooths the tooth and ultraviolet light is applied to harden the material, so it bonds securely with your tooth. The surface is polished to match the rest of the teeth, which completes the procedure.
Does Bonding Ruin Teeth?
Bonding is one of the most conservative cosmetic dental procedures around. This means that during the treatment process to restore a tooth, little or no healthy tooth structure is removed. So, bonding does not ruin teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Bonding?
The teeth do not require any special preparation, such as paring down, before the procedure (as is the case with some other cosmetic dentistry procedures). Because of this, unless you are also having a filling done, the treatment is carried out without any local anaesthetic. The treatment takes as little as 30 minutes per tooth, which is not long at all to make a big difference to your smile. Bonding lasts between 4-8 years on average but may last for up to 10 years if you brush and floss regularly.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
A regular brushing and flossing regime will ensure the longevity of your bonded teeth, but there are other things you will need to bear in mind to keep your bonded teeth looking great.
Be careful about how often you consume substances that cause stains, such as wine, cigarettes, tea, and coffee. This is especially important for the first couple of days after you have had a bonding procedure.
Composite resin is not as strong as a natural tooth and unnatural force can damage the bonded tooth, causing the bonding to break off completely. If you have habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding), the procedure may not be suitable for you. For other habits such as crunching ice, biting fingernails or chewing pens it may be time to seriously consider stopping them.
Find out how we here at Thomas Family Dentistry can help you achieve the smile or your dreams with our teeth bonding procedures. Give us a call at 971-348-4244 to make an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentistry specialists.